Copperheads: The Rise and Fall of Lincoln's Opponents in the North

Oxford University Press, 2006 M10 9 - 304 páginas
The Northern home-front during the Civil War was far from tranquil. Fierce political debates set communities on edge, spurred secret plots against the Union, and triggered widespread violence. At the heart of all this turmoil stood the anti-war Democrats, nicknamed "Copperheads." Now, Jennifer L. Weber offers the first full-length portrait of this powerful faction to appear in almost half a century. Weber reveals how the Copperheads came perilously close to defeating Lincoln and ending the war in the South's favor. Indeed, by the summer of 1864, they had grown so strong that Lincoln himself thought his defeat was "exceedingly likely." Passionate defenders of civil liberties and states' rights--and often virulent racists--the Copperheads deplored Lincoln's suspension of habeas corpus, his liberal interpretation of the Constitution, and, most vehemently, his moves toward emancipation. Weber reveals how the battle over these issues grew so heated that Northerners feared their neighbors would destroy their livestock, burn their homes, even kill them. And she illuminates the role of Union soldiers, who, furious at Copperhead attacks on the war effort, moved firmly behind Lincoln. The soldiers' support for the embattled president kept him alive politically in his darkest times, and their victories on the battlefield secured his re-election. Packed with sharp observation and fresh interpretations, Copperheads is a gripping account of the fierce dissent that Lincoln called "the fire in the rear."

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It would seem inevitable that any work on the "Copperheads" would have a revisionist slant. Where Frank Klement downplayed the insurrectionist nature of the movement, Weber tends to depict the ... Leer comentario completo

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It could have been a good topic. I think the publisher told the writer you must have 350 pages. The story could have been told in about 175 pages without the rambling and often repeated material. I've ... Leer comentario completo


1 In the Shadows
2 The Gathering Storm
3 When Will This Cruel War Be Over?
4 The Battle Behind the Lines
5 The Summer of Lincolns Discontent
6 The Rise and Fall of the Copperheads
7 Faction in Civil War Is Unmitigated Treason
8 Defeated
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Jennifer L. Weber was a newspaper journalist before becoming an academic historian. She is now Assistant Professor of History at the University of Kansas.

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